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Amaretto Milk Cake

18 Jun

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I made this for a very special someone’s birthday. Another recipe inspired by one of Chef Matthew Kenney’s from his book, “Big City Cooking”.

Time: 45 minutes + cool                      Serves: 9

Ingredients


  • Cake


  • 4 eggs, room temp – separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar, separated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup AP flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup toasted almond flour/meal**
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • **I made my toasted almond meal by toasting just under 1/2 cup of raw almonds on a parchment lined baking sheet at 400F for 5-7 minutes. Once cooled, I ground them in my food processor.**
  • Amaretto Milk and Toppings


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp amaretto or comparable almond-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 8 almond butter thin cookies (Trader Joe’s) or amaretti cookies, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar

How to make it


  • Cake


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare an 8×8 glass baking dish by brushing melted butter on bottom and sides. Fit bottom with a square of parchment paper and brush this with melted butter as well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar until light and creamy – about 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form – about 3-5 minutes.
  • In three parts, gently fold the egg whites into the yolks. Add salt and vanilla and fold in gently as well.
  • Sift in 1/4 cup of flour, fold to incorporate. Repeat with remaining flour. Add 1/4 cup almond meal and fold to incorporate. Repeat with remaining almond meal.
  • Pour into prepared dish and place in middle rack of oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
  • Invert cake onto a cutting board. Remove parchment paper. Cut off the browned edges of the cake and then cut into 9 even squares. Place cake pieces back into pan.
  • Amaretto Milk and Toppings


  • In a medium saucepan, combine whole milk with evaporated milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in condensed milk and simmer for an additional minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in almond extract and amaretto liqueur.
  • Remove one piece of cake. Pour milk mixture into pan in open spot, being mindful not to pour over the tops of the cake pieces.

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  • Replace piece of cake. Let soak for 10 minutes.
  • Serve pieces of cake with extra amaretto milk spooned around, topped with crumbled cookies, raspberries, and powdered sugar.

Farewell to Summer – Sweet Sunshine Strawberry Orange Bread

22 Sep

It’s the last day of summer and what better send-off than this delicious loaf?

I had a bunch of fresh strawberries to use up and an urge to bake something, so this is what I came up with. The syrup topping is optional and special 🙂

Time: 1 hour+           Serves: 8

Ingredients


  • Bread


  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • Basil Orange Syrup


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup basil, chopped

How to make it


  • Bread


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in orange zest and vanilla. Put milk and OJ in a measuring cup together. Next, intermittently add flour mixture and milk/OJ mixture – starting & ending with flour. Bake in oven for about an hour or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Basil Orange Syrup


  • Allow bread to cool completely. Combine sugar, water, and OJ in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, mix well and take off heat. Allow to cool and add basil. Drizzle over each piece of bread or poke wholes in whole loaf with a fork and top with sauce.